Cheap(ish) Old Houses

Issue #34

Welcome to my patrons new and old! I hope you enjoy this week's picks of homes for sale for under $250k.

A note: Busy season in real estate started later than normal this year, but typically around this time, prices become a bit inflated. Consequently, my findings this week aren't quite as cheap as usual. It's normal for this time of year (even if this year is anything but normal)! Bear with me and I promise to only ever show you the best and cheapest homes I come across.

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I hope you find your dream project!


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Bakersville, NC


It’s been in the same family for 245 years!

The oldest standing livable two-story log cabin in this area of the Appalachian mountains, at the corner of old Kona Road & Gordon Silvers Road, lies the historic homeplace of the famous Frankie & Charlie Silver family- now for sale- a homeplace that has been in the same family for 245 years. Atop a beautiful meadow and long-range views, this hand-hewn square logs with dovetailing & chink-style corners are ready for your family and the care and restoration needed to make this a legacy for your family for the next 245 years! With slight work, this home could be move-in ready & restoration could be conducted while living there. Due to the historic nature of the home, serious inquires only.

Dorset, VT


Dorset is a beautiful little town full of gorgeous historical homes, and this cape on 3 acres is a dream.

Tucked back off Lane Rd in Dorset sits this little gem of a home. Rumored to be an Enfield, MA home that was relocated here to Route 30 and later moved to Blackberry Lane. Situated on 3 acres the 3 bedroom, 2 bath cape has a very traditional floor plan. Entering the front door is the formal dining room on your right and the parlor or living room on your left with a lovely fireplace and soft wood floors. The back of the home has a galley kitchen but opens up to an addition with family room overlooking the backyard with views and a big deck. It even has a good sized mudroom to hang your hat. Upstairs are the bedrooms with a tiled bath. There's a full basement with an energy star furnace. This home is just waiting for its new owner to bring it back to its glory.

Porterville, CA 


A vintage cutie!

This Vintage Beauty shines - The main home features 2 bedrooms, 1 bath with original hardwood floors in living & dining rooms, a decorative fireplace, wainscoting & trim.The separate 1 bedroom, 1 bath in back has shared gas, wall heater, window A/C and could make a great mother-in-laws quarters or maybe a rental unit. Updated systems include - new A/C installed in 3/2020 in main house, new electric in both units in 2011 and sprinkler system rebuilt w/ new controller.

White Oak, PA


Circa 1956—and hasn't changed a bit!

Exceptional curb appeal defines this mid-century contemporary home where a governors driveway and covered portico welcome you! Enter though the slate floored foyer to the Living/Dining room with handsome wood parquet floor! The galley kitchen with newer dishwasher (Dec 2018) and refrigerator (Jan 2019) is open to the spacious Family Room enhanced with built in cabinetry, vaulted tongue and groove ceiling and steps out to the rear concrete patio and level back yard with privacy fence. 3 spacious bedrooms all have built in cabinetry and the master bedroom has an adjoining bath with shower. The convenient main floor laundry provides a second access to the back yard and there's a nice storage room with shelving! Truly a unique home offering nearly 2500 sq ft!! A 1 year buyers HSA home warranty is provided too.

Long Branch, NJ


Look at all the fancy woodwork in this place. YUM.

Looking for a great opportunity? Look no more! This property has tons ofpotential, this home was built in 1910 that is average in living space size forthe neighborhood. This home has tons of character and charm. It is located close to main roads with easy access to local amenities. This property will not last. Full disclosure: Treated for Discoloration. Property SOLD AS-IS ONLY .seller makes no representations or guarantees for any information mentioned by LA.

Clifton Springs, NY


This is my dream! A beautiful, old stone farmhouse on 11+ acres. Dates to 1822.

Welcome to Serenity! This truly unique cobblestone home sits on over 11 peaceful and lush acres with a pond- a true dream property with space for your horses or simply having room to roam. Take it all in while sitting or entertaining on the striking wrap around porch. This home just boasts of character and historic detail including the exposed stone in the kitchen that is a must see. Large Bedrooms and 2 full baths. The living area features hardwood floors and a fireplace. Even the barn is eye catching and also purposeful with the 3 car garage/outbuilding with many uses for storage, animals, whatever suits you! Outdoor living at it's finest right here.

Holyoke, MA


Gorgeous things everywhere! Love the fireplaces.

Gorgeous 5 bedroom Victorian home with amazing detail and woodwork. Three working fireplaces, beautiful hardwoods, 2 bathrooms all on a perfectly landscaped and fenced lot. The front entrance is grand and adorned with period detail and a brick fireplace. The woodwork and fireplace in the dining room are amazing! Master bedroom on the second floor with a fireplace and dressing room (or 5th bedroom) Three more bedrooms on the second floor with one having its own private porch. If you need even more space there is a potential bedroom on the third floor that has a closet and heat! Enjoy watching the St Patricks Day Parade from your porch or yard. Roof, wiring, and boiler are only 10 years old. Needs work but could be a masterpiece again!

Bradford, VT


This is just darling.

What would you do with little to no electric bill each month? This quaint New Englander has so much to offer, including grid-tied solar panels installed in 2014. The cozy side porch is a great spot to relax and admire your gardens and sweet back yard with raspberry bushes, apple and cherry trees. The large eat-in kitchen leads to a spacious dining room lined with windows and a vintage tin ceiling. Wood floors run through the home and are highlighted by abundant sunshine. Enjoy a private master suite on the third floor, equipped with a newer mini-split unit and 3/4 bath. Two bright, unfinished attic spaces would make great art studios or future finished living areas. The attached barn has a concrete floor and is a wonderful workshop space. Many possibilities here!

Bryson City, NC


This farmhouse needs so much love, but it's on over 20 acres and also that linoleum rug 

Wanted a buyer to either bring new life to this old family house located in Bryson City to a new glory. On a large, level yard and lovely creek bordering the property. Restoring this old house will require significant renovations and truly would be a passion project. The location offers a large level yard in the front and side of the home and nice rolling land behind it; There is also an ideal building spot above the home at the end of Brown Lane that offers wonderful mountain views. Approximately 1 acre lies level around the farmhouse with approximately 18 acres of the property sloping up the mountainside with an elevation change of 500 feet. Only a 5 minute drive to downtown Bryson City!

Butte, MT 


A wonderful bungalow, and it's mostly original inside.

Historic Butte, MT home on the flats! Large fenced corner lot with mature landscaping. Elegant original woodwork throughout including floors, beams and chair rails. Fireplace and original stained glass windows in living room. Large unfinished basement with 1/2 bathroom. Bonus rooms on 2nd floor could be used as extra bedrooms. Must see!
Mount Tabor, NJ
Mount Tabor is an incredible gingerbread village!
Whytheville, VA
15+ acres.
Eden, ID
Look at this fun, old school!
Kanosh, UT
A pretty stone exterior.

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